Ed Estlow, 1920–2015
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After returning from war in the mid-1940s, Ed started his career in Lovington, New Mexico, as a manager of a small paper where he wrote stories, took photos and drew editorial cartoons. After two years in Lovington, Ed became a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, where he worked his way up to business manager for the newspaper's owners at the time: the E.W. Scripps Co. In 1976 he became the first Scripps-Howard CEO who was not a part of either the Scripps or Howard families. Under Ed's leadership, Scripps-Howard bought 90 percent of its own company so that employees could own shares and benefit more from the newspaper's substantial profitability than other stockholders.
When he retired in 1985, the Scripps company established the E.W. Estlow fund at the University of Denver, which eventually grew into support for the Edward W. and Charlotte I. Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media.
Ed always had a deep appreciation for factual journalism and a deep dislike for the extremely negative reporting that has come to characterize coverage of public officials. He was frustrated by the way that newspaper managers failed to recognize and take advantage of the Internet's potential in the early 1990s, foreseeing its astounding influence. Ed's unique background afforded him incredible insight into both the reporting/editorial and business sides of news. At 95 he still enthralled journalism classes at the University of Denver.
Ed and his amazing wife, Charlotte (1923-2013), had four daughters: Susan Lyday, Nancy Gwin, Mary Erculiani and Sally Baier.
Celebrating 25 Years and Real News Day: April 27, 2018
The Estlow International Center for Journalism & New Media is proud to announce that, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Center's Anvil of Freedom Award and in conjunction with the Denver Press Club, April 27th will be honored by the Denver Press Club and the University of Denver as Real News Day.
Real News Day will consist of a series of events related to journalism and the media nationally and in Denver. The Estlow Center and the Denver Press Club will also play host to two special guests from the Washington Post on that date: reporter Kimberly Kindy will receive the Estlow Center's 25th Anniversary Anvil of Freedom Award and Washington Post editor Martin Baron will receive the Denver Press Club's prestigious Damon Runyon Award.
Real News Day will open with a morning panel at the Colorado Capitol building titled "Front Page News: Voice and the #MeToo Movement," featuring Kindy, Colorado Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran, and representatives of the University of Denver and the Denver community. The event will be hosted by the Estlow Center, in partnership with the University of Denver's Departments of Media, Film & Journalism Studies and Communication Studies, the DU Center on American Politics, and the Colorado Women's College, among other community partners.
More information: https://www.du.edu/ahss/estlowcenter/